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(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Oil’s slide continues into August

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Monday’s slide follows a bearish July, when concerns that the glut of oil may not be easing sparked a sell off and erased gains crude had posted in May and June.

Oil’s slide continues into August

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(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Monday’s slide follows a bearish July, when concerns that the glut of oil may not be easing sparked a sell off and erased gains crude had posted in May and June.
Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson

Oil CEOs’ grim outlook rubs off on speculators fleeing market

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Exxon, the biggest U.S. energy producer, reported July 31 its lowest profit since 2009 while No. 2 Chevron posted its worst results in 12 years.
Categories: Crude oil, featured
Mark Tarrien (CQ), director of production and quality control, holds a sample of biodiesel at the Green Earth Fuels biodiesel production facility in Galena Park, Texas, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. ( Johnny Hanson / For the Chronicle)

Biodiesel production rising amid fraud concerns

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Biodiesel production has soared in recent months, although concerns about fraud in the market remain.
Categories: Biofuels
(Brett Clanton/Houston Chronicle)

Houston company nearly doubles proved reserves with $581M deal

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Houston-based Vanguard Natural Resources agreed to buy natural gas-heavy properties in Southwestern Wyoming for $581 million, a deal that would nearly double its reserves, the company said Monday.
Categories: Deals, Natural gas

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Survey finds few know what fracking really is

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In a recent survey published by researchers at Oregon State, George Mason and Yale universities, more than half of respondents reported knowing little or nothing of fracking. And almost 60 percent of those surveyed said they had no opinion on the subject.
(Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg)

Utilities fight back as rooftop solar heats up

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With bills for 1,600 square foot houses like these running as high as $400 a month, solar is seen as less a green statement than an economic no-brainer given state and federal tax credits for as much as 65 percent of installation costs.
Categories: Electricity, Solar
A rig works in the Marcellus Shale. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Despite chill, natural gas prices unlikely to rise much

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Natural gas prices have been on the rise this winter, but they are likely to fall in the coming months because of limited demand for the fuel and because of coal.
New Yorkers and visitors ride Citi Bikes in Times Square to generate energy to power the New Year's Eve Ball on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for Citi/AP Images)

Bicycles will help power Times Square’s New Year’s Eve bash

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Bicycles installed in Times Square are being connected to 12-volt deep cycle batteries that will help illuminate the famed ball that will descend New Year’s Eve.
Categories: Electricity
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Oil little changed in thin Asian trading

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Oil prices were little changed in thin Asian trading Monday amid anticipation of the New Year’s holidays as well as stable energy demand in the U.S.
Categories: Crude oil